I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Wolf Among Us is a prequel of sorts to the Fables series. It tI received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Wolf Among Us is a prequel of sorts to the Fables series. It takes place roughly 20 years prior to the events of the books, and fills in some of the gaps that later get explored in volumes such as From Fabletown With Love, which is satisfying. However, The Wolf Among Us could easily be enjoyed without any background in Fables, and vice versa, which is largely the strength of the book.
My interest in this was piqued largely by how much I enjoyed the TellTale game that brought about this series in the first place. The book borrows heavily from both the game's dialogue and art style, enough to be boring in the first 'chapter' or so, though the cheesy noir monologue is amusing. It comes into its own more as the story begins offering up flashbacks that differ from the gameplay and shakeup the pacing of the story.
If later volumes offer up more new content I will call this series a success. The art is strong, if reminiscent of the Sleepy Hollow comics, and the story entertaining. It was far better than Werewolves of the Heartland, which I found far more difficult to get through.
So, while not as good as the Fables series that spawned it, I'd still call this a decent start to TWAU spinoff. Later volumes will reveal if it can manage to be as strong a comic series as it was a game.
This comic was really everything that makes Sleepy Hollow a good show.
The story was quickly paced and exciting, the dialogue extremely entertaining,This comic was really everything that makes Sleepy Hollow a good show.
The story was quickly paced and exciting, the dialogue extremely entertaining, and the tone at once light and deliciously creepy. It hit the correct balance between humor and horror that makes for good reading and fun watching. The artist, in turn, did a marvelous job creating a unique style that added to the supernatural weirdness that was afoot. All in all, I can't complain.
This comic was enough for me to make me want to read the rest, which I will be doing shorty. Thanks, Mallorie, for introducing me to it. :)
Also, the short story at the end of it was utterly perfect and had me laughing. I really do love how the writers manage Ichabod and Abbie's dialogue. It's really everything I could've possibly wanted out of a Sleepy Hollow comic....more
My boyfriend received this book from the GoodReads first reads program in exchange for an honest review. I just thought it was too cute not to read itMy boyfriend received this book from the GoodReads first reads program in exchange for an honest review. I just thought it was too cute not to read it, too.
Dr Hedgehog and the River Rescue is a really adorable children's book. The artwork is large and simple, and I can see it being a fun book to read aloud to a classroom due to that. There are some fun words thrown in that I imagine would help a child's vocabulary, and the book is a short 32 pages. There's a poster in the back with Dr. Hedgehog and Martin Mouse that would be fun for a classroom that has the full trilogy on hand.
So, the plot of the book is relatively simple. Martin Mouse's mother Mavis warns him not to walk on the frozen river on the way to school... so he does, and the ice breaks. He's rescued by Dr. Hedgehog who throws him a sandwich on his way to getting his friend the frog to fish Martin Mouse out. The book ends with a wet Martin Mouse worried that Dr. Hedgehog will tell his mother what happened.
The weakness in this book, and the reason for its 3 star rating, is the ending. It felt terribly rushed. Does Dr. Hedgehog tell Mavis Mouse what happened? Is Martin Mouse ok? I imagine it would be decent for discussion, but being read on its own it's a bit lacking. Other reviewers have said that it lends kids a somewhat ambiguous message - that it's OK to keep things from their parents - which isn't terribly good.
I also wish there was more of Dr. Hedgehog himself in the book. Though the sandwich scene was great....more
Morgan Iverson has recently become the owner of a rock shop in Golden Springs, Colorado, after her brother left to South America on short notice. While out with a geology class, in hopes to learn more about the trade, she becomes separated from the group and happens upon a much decayed body, a strange Mountain Man that looks more Sasquatch than human, and a whole lot of trouble. Has she reopened the only cold case Golden Springs has? Will this discovery bring closure to a fractured family? And who exactly is the Mountain Man now terrorizing the town, and why is everyone involved in the case beginning to have more than a few close calls with death?
Stone Cold Case is a cozy mystery that manages to avoid some of the trouble that genre tends to run into. The characters are surprisingly believable, and never fully fit the stereotypes that would have been easy to draw on in such a case. The small town politics and intrigue are fascinating, and the geological information (gems, rocks, minerals - geodes!) is both accurate and intriguing. More than once I found myself looking up gems she mentioned and being shocked by their beauty. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest myself, reading Stone Cold Case made me nostalgic for my old Montana home.
By the end of Stone Cold Case you'll be sure to want more, and there are ample hints throughout the book pointing towards what the next plot just might be. If you're looking for a good beach read, or something to tide you over with a hot cocoa and a warm fire, this is the book for you. The mystery will keep you guessing, and the characters will keep you at turns laughing and gasping.
Overall, a good fun mystery book from someone it's obvious quite loves the genre....more
Courage and Other Demons, the first book by author Jill Daugherty, was a surprisingly entertaining romp. In spite of falling into many of the common traps of YA novels - old prophecies, reluctant and mildly vapid heroine, it shows a great deal of promise for future installments. Maggie was utterly maddening more often than not, but she realized that she was being such and by the end of the book showed some decent resolve. Simon, the faery love interest, was a terribly charming character whose self-deprecating humor was easy to enjoy. The villains, although little seen, were a fairly frightening bunch. I can imagine reading this at a younger age and being downright frightened by a certain confrontation.
I enjoyed Jill Daugherty's treatment of a more obscure mythology. Her small nods to the old Cycles were handled well, and I enjoyed her new interpretation on the myths. I rather look forward to see how she will handle the rest of the prophecy in upcoming titles, should there be more than one.
The series holds promise, if you bear in mind that this is the first book in it and a first outing as an author. Forgive Maggie her self-conscious maddening behavior and it's a lovely ride. I look forward to seeing her come into her own in the future....more
Reading the books from start to finish in the matter of just two days was a bitThe end of Joe Hill's Locke & Key.
Wow. This has been a crazy ride.
Reading the books from start to finish in the matter of just two days was a bit of a roller coaster. I mentioned in my previous review how Clockworks had dragged a tiny bit, if only for breaking up the maddening pace of the main plot. Alpha & Omega makes up for that by delivering a plot in spades. The pace is insane, the action rapid-fire, and the plot explosive. Very little is held back.
I love how Joe Hill ties it all together. I love how even the smallest throwaway remarks come into play. Subtleties abound, and it's just great. Nothing is really left to chance.
Like previous reviewers on the book itself, though, I feel cheated. I want more. I want to delve back into the characters, check in on them once in a while... I know they'll be fine, but man, it's hard to leave the Keyhouse itself behind. ...more
Clockworks was a fascinating, and rather unexpected read.
This volume took us back to the origins of the Keys that make Keyhouse such an interesting Clockworks was a fascinating, and rather unexpected read.
This volume took us back to the origins of the Keys that make Keyhouse such an interesting place to explore. The bulk of the action takes place in the past, adding much needed meat to the mythos of the world the Locke family inhabits. Questions are answered, not only about the fashioning of the keys but also about what happened to Rendell when he was young, how the magic works, where things are heading...
It can be a bit jarring jumping into this volume after the high action of Keys to the Kingdom but I think Clockworks still managed to hold its own admirably.
Joe Hill is a truly fantastic writer, and Welcome to Lovecraft shows off his skill beautifully. The story is crafted so well it hurts. I've not read the whole series yet, I've only gotten to book four, but rereading the first volume after getting that far it's obvious how well plotted the whole of it is. Hints are dropped for future issues, allusions are made to back story that we don't get until later... the world of the Keyhouse is rich and vast, and this first scrape of the surface is downright masterful.
Locke & Key is a must for any fan of comics....more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Vampire Vic is the first book in a trilogy about a rather unfortunate vampire. The preI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Vampire Vic is the first book in a trilogy about a rather unfortunate vampire. The premise is interesting and fairly original. Victor isn't your typical vampire. He's sickened by the sight and thought of blood, insecure to a fault, and quite frankly a rather large loser. None of his staff respect him, he and his wife divorced two years ago but still live together and share a bed, his own daughter at one point even goes to father-daughter day at school with a friend's dad rather than be seen in public with him. Vampirism didn't change any of that. Most people treat it as a joke.
That is, until Victor finally bites someone.
Within the first few pages I was tired of reading about what a loser Vic was. While it's meant to be a satire, a lot of the humor just fell flat. I wasn't feeling bad for Victor, nor was I wanting to join in the others in mocking him. I was just bored. The writing failed to engage me, largely due to how redundant a lot of it was. It would have been enough for his workmates to ignore him once, instead there are pages upon pages of his staff failing to pay attention to him, stereotypes being played into again and again - it just got dull. The book could have been shorter, and would have hit its mark better if it was.
Eugene, the vampire slayer, also could have benefited from that treatment. While the scene with him in the chatroom was hilarious, it was undermined a bit by his continuous assertions as to what a great vampire hunter - no slayer - throughout the rest of the book. By shortening that dialogue, or having it shown through his bravado a bit more clearly, he would have been a more interesting player.
The action sequences also lost me. Shorter sentences would have heightened the tension during the few fights. A good example of an action scene that worked was Victor's encounter with Karina - the short sentences made the action flow better and drew me in. The encounter with Bob, on the other hand, lost me. Reading it three times still didn't clear up just what happened, which didn't bode well for the experience.
Better editing would make this book a good satire, but as it stands presently it just missed the mark. The premise was good, and the explanation for Victor's vampirism when it came was pretty hilarious. Part of me is curious as to how the trilogy wraps up, but I'm not compelled to do so when the writing lost me so quickly the first time....more
This volume of Fables wraps up the first story arc with the invasion of the Homelands. We get war stories and spy stories, heroic sacrifices and attemThis volume of Fables wraps up the first story arc with the invasion of the Homelands. We get war stories and spy stories, heroic sacrifices and attempts at redemption. The story is nothing short of epic, and heartrending as we lose some we've certainly come to love... and we get a bit of insight into why the Emperor chose to do wht he did.
Before you even have time to catch your breath "The Dark Ages" begins and ushers in the second Fables arc. Right back from the heels of a massive war more trouble emerges, a foe a good bit more frightening than the Emperor had been. One has to wonder where this is heading, though I will say it really doesn't look good for the Fables about now.
Wonderful writing, and great artwork - though I wasn't crazy about the guest artists this time around. ...more
This has definitely been my favorite addition to the Fables series.
The bulk of this book is focused upon Prince Ambrose (better known as Flycatcher) fThis has definitely been my favorite addition to the Fables series.
The bulk of this book is focused upon Prince Ambrose (better known as Flycatcher) fulfilling the destiny that was alluded to in a previous volume. It was during this book that I felt incredibly grateful for having earlier read 1001 Nights of Snowfall as certain stories from it gave this one a more subtle depth. In particular Frau Totenkinder and Ambrose himself. While the vital bits were examined briefly in this volume, 1001 Nights of Snowfall still offers a bit more and lends credence to small asides.
Anyway, this story follows the best of the Arthurian legends. The hero's journey is heartwarming, tragic, and ultimately the most moving that Fables has offered so far. I teared up at the end, I worried along with everyone gathered in front of the Magic Mirror as old villains plotted. Ambrose has certainly won his spot among the best, if not the very best, of this comic's heroes....more
1001 Nights of Snowfall would work as an introduction to the series, or as an addition in the midst ofWhat a fantastic addition to the Fables series.
1001 Nights of Snowfall would work as an introduction to the series, or as an addition in the midst of the action to bring greater depth to he already rich characters that make up the Fables tapestry. Structured akin to the 1001 Arabian Nights myth that gave it its name, this is a collection of stories about the Fables before the Adversary took over... and what came after, how their lives have been.
1001 Nights of Snowfall is brilliant, subtle, and as comforting a collection of bedtime stories as anything from Brother's Grimm.
Plus there's a Reynard the Fox story in there and a Porcupine story. What more could you ask for?...more
New characters are introduced, and the plot advances in a number of surprising ways. Fables manages toAnother wonderful volume in the Fables series.
New characters are introduced, and the plot advances in a number of surprising ways. Fables manages to introduce crucial plot points in something as mundane as a Christmas story, and to interrupt the action at just the right point with a short aside that will come into play later in the series... Excellent.
The artwork is brilliant, with the exception of a single story that I felt was a bit too cartoony for my taste. Never did it feel like the stories dragged, however, and that's the best thing to be said for any graphic novel....more
Brilliant continuation of a truly wonderful series.
This gorgeous hardcover edition contains a decent amount of added material in the back. The scriptBrilliant continuation of a truly wonderful series.
This gorgeous hardcover edition contains a decent amount of added material in the back. The script for the main story, artwork, alternative covers.. it's beautiful and I love it.
In addition to continuing the main thrust of the Fables series plot this volume contains two additional tales. One is from the perspective of a Wooden Soldier, which adds an interesting depth to the enemy that hasn't been previously seen. The other is another Cinderella adventure, which is always entertaining as I'm a bit of a sucker for a good caper. What more could you need?
The artwork is stunning, the writing sharp and effective. Every page just pushes the reader onward deeper into the rich and vibrant worlds that Bill Willingham has created. Who could ask for more?...more
I wish to thank everyone who had to endure me periodically updating my GoodReads status with quotes from this book. I really couldn't resist, after haI wish to thank everyone who had to endure me periodically updating my GoodReads status with quotes from this book. I really couldn't resist, after having done it before with the previous installments in this now startlingly long series.
While I question whether or not fans were really clamoring for the books retold from Christian Grey's perspective, and curiously eye the movie release date having been so recent, I can't deny that this new book has made a lot of fans happy. Unfortunately, Grey somewhat diminishes the charm of the previous books in the series by revealing Christian's motives. The previously mysterious dark and moody man is now revealed to be... well, human. His motives are clear, and rather easier to understand. Anastasia appears to be a larger psychopath than she did in the previous books, and I still maintain that she treated Christian far more poorly than he ever treated her. She knew what she was getting into, and was warned thoroughly of the dangers of it, and yet...
E.L. James's writing has continued to happily improve. The editing on this book was significantly better than it had been on Fifty Shades of Grey, and while there still were a great deal of eye-rolling moments (in particular the high number of flashbacks) it was easy to find a humor in them that made the book delightful.
Don't go into this expecting great literature. Don't go into this expecting anything but a rather fun fantasy that will offer up some laughs and minor amusement. It isn't any more awful than most romance books, and in fact has a great deal more humor than most. ...more
So, I've been reading through the Bond books lately.
Dr No has stuck with me in the same way that Diamonds Are Forever has. It's just a bit of a forgSo, I've been reading through the Bond books lately.
Dr No has stuck with me in the same way that Diamonds Are Forever has. It's just a bit of a forgettable book. While previous entries in the Bond series have had much to offer them in terms of either character development or fun detective/spy work Dr No didn't really seem to have either. It was just a run of the mill thriller with an utterly forgettable sidekick. Which isn't to say that there wasn't anything I liked about it - it had four scenes that I genuinely enjoyed. Just in general I felt that it was lacking where previous Bond books had been pleasant surprises.
I enjoyed the fluid transition from From Russia With Love to Dr No with this book beginning directly where the last one left off. The entire beginning sequence of the novel was a great pleasure. I enjoyed the interaction between M and Bond immensely and felt that the characterization has been built upon well. No complaints there.
As soon as Bond landed in Jamaica, however, things began to get fuzzy. The violence, at least, wasn't entirely wanting. There's a scene with a photographer, and another in a hotel room that both made me cringe to the point that I set the book down. It's no Le Chiffre, but it's still quite good. So there's another point in the book's favor.
The actual scene with Dr No was, for the most part, lovely. I can appreciate dining with the enemy and enjoy how the book and film both managed to begin what later would be a virtual trope. So, well done there.
The actual obstacle course was also interesting, though again, lacking when compared with other problems Bond has overcome. Feeling nothing for the Bond girl, likewise, kind of put a damper on that tension.
Ian Fleming has crafted a well developed tale of intrigue in this book. We begin with SMERSH rather than MI6, which contrasts beautifully with the daily doldrums of MI6's paperwork in Moonraker and even to an extent Dr. No. From Russia with Love allows us to see just what is going to happen. SMERSH needs to make a strong impact on MI6, and to let the world know they're not messing around. Why not do it by publicly shaming, and then assassinating, the world-famous James Bond? The scheme, naturally, is to throw a girl his way - but what girl?
I was lucky enough to read The Billion Dollar Spy shortly after reading this, and was surprised by just how much detail there was - and accurate detail - about the way the KGB operated and how complex their intelligence network was. While I don't recommend anyone frame their view of the world through the lens of James Bond when it comes to anything but fashion advice and drink recommendations, there is still a good deal of well researched intel to be found within it.
Other reviewers have complained, and with good reason, about the dated aspects of the book. It's racist, it's misogynistic, it's full of a macho bravado and a narrow-minded worldview, etc... but honestly, a great many books from this era and others suffer similarly due to when they were written. For me, it's pretty easy to take it in the spirit of the time it was written. None of that compromises the story, the realities and attendant dangers of spycraft, and the sheer charm factor of murder on the Orient Express.
I can't rightly imagine a more pleasant outing into the world of James Bond, but I dearly hope to find one once SPECTRE is on the scene....more
It could have been great, but it managed to be just decent. I just can't get behind James Bond gambling on horse raciJames Bond vs the American Mafia.
It could have been great, but it managed to be just decent. I just can't get behind James Bond gambling on horse racing rather than cards, though I will admit that I learned a fair bit about cars while reading this. The drinks weren't quite as charming, the villains not quite as compelling. It showed promise at the beginning and end with some interesting shoot outs with a helicopter, but the bulk of it? Marginal.
The writing, as always, was good. The girl had a surprisingly dark backstory, even for a Bond book, and reading between the lines made it all the more chilling. The ghost town was a lovingly campy creation that only the mind of Ian Fleming could have perfected.
I just prefer Bond in Jamaica, but always love Russia and England best I suppose....more
While Casino Royale introduced Bond and Live and Let Die gave a clear view of what he is capable of Moonraker allows the reader to see the more human side of the man. Bond is fallible. He makes poor decisions, second-guesses himself, and gets injured. He doesn't always get the girl, and isn't always particularly bothered by the fact. He's human, and he's mortal - and all too aware of both facts. This book would have been 5 stars from me easily if the entirety of Moonraker had been like the first half. Seeing the day to day Bond was great.
The first half of Moonraker wasn't action filled, and certainly didn't feel like what one would expect a Bond book to be. Bond goes to work, flirts with the secretary in an entirely cheeky and altogether charming way. He complains about paper work and is duly bored by it. Reflects on the fact he'll likely be stuck in this job until he dies or is confined forever to just paperwork. His friendship with M is explored, as is the general culture of London at the time. There's gambling, but the bulk of mystery presented by the first half of the book is just so deliciously lodged in the time and the place it is set: why would a respected individual cheat at cards and what does this tell us of his character? There's the mystery. Can't have a scandal, can we?
I loved this book because Bond was human, the initial problems were mundane and absolutely beautiful. I loved the writing, and more, that Gala was both worthy of respect and a damn intelligent girl. I loved that it was more spy work than actual action and that they had to be restrained in how they responded to what action there was. ...more
Live and Let Die picks up where Casino Royale left off rather nicely. Here we have Bond face off against a crime overlord whose reach stretches from Harlem to Jamaica. Controlling his subjects through a mix of terror and - for the time - surprisingly well researched Voodoo legends Mr. Big is a pretty damn terrifying villain. The descriptions of him just get better as the book goes on.
So, before we had KGB spies and high stakes gambling. Now we have lost pirate treasure, voodoo, and a well established crime syndicate. Oh how the times change. Also, a fight with an octopus. Yeah.
Live and Let Die was slightly less compelling than Casino Royale but still a very fun book. I think where the book suffered for me was the lack of a more introspective Bond. I wanted him to suffer more for what he went through in the previous installment, but that just wasn't there. There was the brief drama with Felix, which was good, but I just didn't feel there was quite enough character considering the mad amount of action that took place.
Where to begin, precisely? This book is utterly brilliant. It's fast-paced, well-plotted, and contains just about anything you could p Casino Royale.
Where to begin, precisely? This book is utterly brilliant. It's fast-paced, well-plotted, and contains just about anything you could possibly want from a spy thriller. Sadistic villains, beautiful women, high stakes gambling, betrayal, car chases - with cars as beautiful as the women, of course - and enough wonderful food descriptions to make your mouth water while reading it.
The first introduction to Bond is a memorable one, and one to quickly make anyone fall in love with the character. While the book may be dated, and downright offense I suppose, I feel that's a bit of a ridiculous reaction to have. You're reading a book that's firmly set within a specific time frame with a very particular sort of character at the head. Yes, it's misogynistic. So what? At least Vesper is acknowledged as having been wonderful at her trade and intelligent, as later Bond girls are seen as being as well. It's a step above them being only good for their looks.
Casino Royale is a classic, and written in a concise style that I truly envy. Ian Fleming is a marvelous author and I'd recommend it to just about anyone. Who doesn't love a bit of Bond?...more
Jonas had fond memories of this book trilogy growing up, and upon hearing that I'd never read them, decided to give me the original trilogy for ChristJonas had fond memories of this book trilogy growing up, and upon hearing that I'd never read them, decided to give me the original trilogy for Christmas. :)
The fantasy tropes are back in force.
It's funny how a book that fit so perfectly into the fantasy tropes in general still can be surprising. It's funny how well the trope was played upon, and how unsettling the "something is wrong but we don't know what" concept can be played with when you reveal as little as Ursula K. Le Guin does. Once more, the perspective shifts away from Sparrowhawk and to someone new, in this case a young prince. Together the two travel to discover just what's going on in the world and why magic itself appears to be disappearing in some areas of the world. What's going on?
This book has massive ramifications for the world of Earthsea, and becomes a major plot point for the remaining books - including Tehanu in my opinion. It's a perfect ending for the original trilogy, and a prefect beginning point for the next one. ...more
I don't think anyone who read this far in the series would be particularly surprised by the ending. The hints of where things were headed were strongI don't think anyone who read this far in the series would be particularly surprised by the ending. The hints of where things were headed were strong in The Farthest Shore, overt in Tehanu, and embellished mildly in Tales from Earthsea though in a more veiled manner. The Other Wind is simply a natural extension of that, though a beautiful one it is. It pleased me immensely to see the conclusion of The Farthest Shore here, and I can forgive the ending, if only out of hope for there to be more to rebuild.
Earthesea is a magnificent world, and I adore all the people within it. To have come from the gorgeously crafted A Wizard of Earthsea in all its traditional beauty to the subversive and surprising Tehanu to this - it's perfect. I adored this book, and felt it a proper send-off to the series as a whole. Still, of course, I hope for more.
I loved living in this world, and the care given to it. I loved the dragons, the magical system, the way that the stakes were all too real and felt too keenly. I loved how unforgiving Urusula K. Le Guin was. What's dead is dead, what's gone is gone. We all make our choices and suffer for it. Hell, I loved Ged dearly in Tehanu and even more in The Other Wind. He's all the stronger for what he went through.
It's a beautiful, staggering series. More authors should learn from it and try to let go....more
The stories expanded upon Ursula K. Le Guin's world of Earthsea in a beautiful way, adding a richness of culture and history that wasn't there previously. She helped differentiate between the wild earthly magic of women and the more academic magic of men. She dealt in both familiar characters and unfamiliar ones. She even expanded upon legend.
While everyone wants more stories of Sparrowhawk in his prime, I'm quite happy with anything that takes place in her world. It's rich, it's beautiful, and it's stunningly well developed. The essay at the end that actually detailed the world from an anthropological perspective was gorgeous. I wish all fantasy was so well developed as this in a logical way....more
Remember Tenar from The Tombs of Atuan? Ever wonder what happened to her after? Remember Ogion and Gont? Remember that you've been hearing about how Ursula K. Le Guin is a strident feminist author but not really seen any evidence of that? Here it all comes rushing forth. There is no quest, there is no real magic or things of that nature. This is a book more grounded in reality, for what it is, and it bucks the very concept of a fantasy novel for the bulk of its pages.
This is an uncomfortable foray into gender studies and why things on Earthsea are the way they are. Why are there no women wizards? What exactly are the dragons? Why are women hated to the extent they are? It's an interesting situation, so long as you aren't expecting a straight up fantasy novel....more
Remember how I said the first book read like it was written by an anthropologist? This is where that distinction becomes all the more pertinent. SerioRemember how I said the first book read like it was written by an anthropologist? This is where that distinction becomes all the more pertinent. Seriously. In The Tombs of Atuan the focus shifts away from Sparrowhawk to a young priestess in the Karged lands. The entire culture is explored, as well as the concept of religion, in a way that is startling now for when it was written. I'm sure it'd startle the life out of a new young reader for sure, but hopefully in a good way.
Reading reviews prior to reading it myself, it seems that this book had a very polarizing affect on readers. I can understand why. Not everyone wants to sit down and explore the concept of religious power vs. political power in a country where the reins are changing. Not everyone wants to study how being viewed as a high priestess affect a young girl. Personally, I was riveted by it and genuinely uneasy as they worked their way through the labyrinth underground. I enjoyed the sly nod to Akkadian artwork and the way the story expanded upon a brief sentence in the book prior.
Jonas had fond memories of reading these while growing up, and upon hearing I hadn't read them, took it upon himself to get me the originally trilogyJonas had fond memories of reading these while growing up, and upon hearing I hadn't read them, took it upon himself to get me the originally trilogy for Christmas. He bought them at the Church bazaar, a charming set of old library books complete with the filing card in the back noting who checked them out when. I happily filled my name in, and the date, each time I started reading them. Whenever I lend them out I'll likely ask the person to do the same. I love old library books. :)
A Wizard of Earthsea is a worthy classic. It reads like what it is, a fantasy book written by an anthropologist who isn't afraid to show that specialty. This is a world that makes sense, and a magical system that's drawn logically from what to many cultures is sacred. There's an explanation and logic behind everything that's beautiful to see and the very monster being fought in the first book is the Jungian concept of the Shadow. It's a heavy book, but a beautiful one. Hell, Sparrowhawk did in one book what it took Harry Potter seven to do. That has to count for something, right?
This is the sort of book I'd happily recommend to any kid growing up, and one I wish had been set into my hands when I was younger. I might get a copy for my nephews for the holidays. :)...more
Mysterious communications from a man long dead, a murder mystery decades old, hidden treasure, and a chase scene down the Thames. What more could oneMysterious communications from a man long dead, a murder mystery decades old, hidden treasure, and a chase scene down the Thames. What more could one want? Oh yes, how about a love story, disguises, and Sherlock Holmes sinking ever deeper into depression?
Certainly. I'm in.
While nowhere near as good a mystery story as A Study in ScarletThe Sign of the Four makes up for what it lacks in intrigue in that regard with interesting character studies. Here, Sherlock Holmes turns to drug abuse to make up for a lack of cases and sinks ever deeper into his depression when there's a hitch in solving the case and John Watson turns his interest elsewhere. It's a fascinating thing to watch from the outside and an interesting commentary on the friendship between the two....more
Arthur Conan Doyle's command of the English language is gorgeous, and his descriptions vivid and compelling. The plot moves quickly, and navigates through the hazy switch in time and perspective in a masterful way. To new readers: keep with it, it doubtless will grow on you. To old readers: do yourselves a favor and reread it. It only gets better with each repeated reading.
I can't emphasize enough how fun this book is, as are all of the ACD stories. I'm so happy they're making a comeback....more
This book was far more entertaining to me than the first The Bad Beginning but that still isn't saying much. Most of the humor of this was lost on me.This book was far more entertaining to me than the first The Bad Beginning but that still isn't saying much. Most of the humor of this was lost on me. I'd recommend it to a kid easily, but reading it as an adult it just feels rather dull and predictable. Good vocabulary, though. Quick plot and pacing. Just a bit too lacking to hold my focus in the end....more